Team Hafren is made up of two sailors, Phillip Kirk and Jeremy Warren, from Thornbury Sailing Club in Gloucestershire, UK. The team set sail on Saturday May 31st with the aim to sail an open boat around mainland Britain in record time. The current best is 76 days and the target is 60 days. They intend to demonstrate self-sufficiency and good seamanship, and in the spirit of sailing adventurer Frank Dye (1928-2010), reaffirm that a Wayfarer dinghy can undertake extended offshore passages safely. Phil and Jeremy seek to foster good will between sailing clubs and leave a trail of TSC pennants in clubhouses around Britain.
The direct distance is 1500 miles and the plan is for approximately ten hops of 200 miles. Each “hop” is three days, with two nights spent at sea. Going clockwise from Weymouth, up the Irish Sea, west of the Isle of Man, they’ll drop into Northern Ireland(mission accomplished) then off up the west coast of Scotland(they're currently sailing in the Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland). This will take in the formidable headlands of Cape Wrath and Duncansby Head, sandbanks of the Thames Estuary, and the familiar headlands of the south coast.
To learn more about the challenge and to follow Team Hafren's progress go to their website or facebook page.
Eh, what the heck. I wanted to go for a swim anyway.
C. A. Marchaj -"To be seaworthy, a vessel must be able to defend herself against the incursion and peril of the sea."and"A competitive approach to sailing: above all, speed. Relatively small, overcanvassed and overpowered boats, suffering notorious lack of stability, dominate the contemporary racing scene."
Spotted on the bay today. I have a zillion 18 footer skiff shots and a fair bit of video. Hokey smokes, I wonder when I can edit it all?
Ô Canada! Terre de nos aïeux, Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux! Car ton bras sait porter l'épée, Il sait porter la croix! Ton histoire est une épopée Des plus brillants exploits. Et ta valeur, de foi trempée, Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Mark Denzer, the circumnavigator of Oahu is back. Our intrepid hero decided to sail from Kaneohe to Hawaii Kai in a Laser, no easy feat.
Sailing out of Kaneohe Bay looks like a lot of fun. I took a gander at the chart, Mark went through some shallow waters....and a "PROHIBITED AREA."
It can get rough!
"Total distance 26.1 nautical miles. 5 hours. But it took an hour to get to r2. There was no wind in the bay. Then I had to tack a whole bunch of times to get past Mokapu Point (the base) due to current and a big righty."